Nutrition

Proper Mowing, Pasture Management Now Can Ensure Better Fields In Spring

Although farm managers probably feel they’re doing nothing but mowing pastures these days, experts say now is the time to take steps to ensure healthy pastures next year. The primary tasks to accomplish this goal are: rotational grazing, proper mowing, and preparation for fall maintenance and seeding. Most importantly in the heat of summer, the root structure of […]

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Horseco Announces Horseco Protect Gastrointestinal Supplement

Horseco Inc. has announced the commercial availability of Horseco Protect, a daily-dose gastrointestinal supplement formulated to assist horses in managing ongoing gastrointestinal tract health.  With a patent-pending formulation using the same biotechnology found within the company’s proven wound healing products, Horseco Protect provides horsemen with a cost effective, natural approach towards managing and preventing gastrointestinal […]

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Purina® Introduces Outlast™ Gastric Support Supplement

Purina Animal Nutrition announces a new product line formulated to support gastric health in horses. Outlast™ Gastric Support Supplement, Race Ready® GT and Ultium® Gastric Care horse feeds are now available at participating retailers. Research shows up to 90 percent of active horses experience gastric discomfort, affecting health, attitude and performance. Purina’s Gastric Support products contain a proprietary seaweed-derived […]

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Oh, Mow: Maintaining Pasture Grasses Can Reduce Risk Of Laminitis

Excess consumption of the non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) found in cool-season pasture grasses has been linked to laminitis in horses. Farm owners can reduce the risk of insulin resistance and laminitis in horses by mowing their fields regularly, researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered, according to HorseTalk. While the exact mechanism of laminitis is unknown, […]

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Not Feeling Hungry? Why Overtraining May Put A Horse Off His Feed

When a racehorse goes off its feed, something is wrong. The horse may have caught a bug, it may have a digestive problem, or it may be in pain. If an examination shows nothing significant, the problem may be overtraining. When horses do not get adequate rest between workouts, several physiological responses can activate the […]

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Fish Oil And Corticosteroids Can Positively Impact Airway Disease

Many owners suffer alongside their horses with airway disease, feeling distress while watching horses cough during exercise and perform with difficulty. Despite the widespread incidence of airway disease in horses, treatment options remain limited. According to a recent study*, many horses need more than just corticosteroid anti-inflammatories to improve airway health. Currently, many veterinarians recommend […]

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Exploring Aloe Vera For Gastric Ulcers

In the seemingly never-ending battle against equine gastric ulcers, a research team from the University of Adelaide in South Australia reached for an unusual solution: aloe vera. According to those scientists*, aloe vera isn’t just soothing for burnt or irritated skin but also potentially beneficial for protecting the sensitive lining of the stomach. “The inner […]

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Buzz Off: Does Garlic Really Repel Insects?

Many horsemen have heard the theory that feeding garlic to horses will help repel flies, but does it really work? Dr. Clair Thunes of The Horse said that garlic is touted to be antibacterial, antimicrobial, aid in respiratory health and repel flies. However, she said, there is not much data to support the theory that […]

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Packing On The Pounds? Extra Weight May Affect Mare’s Ability To Get Pregnant

Similar to human obesity, equine obesity is on the rise. While obesity in any equine is cause for concern, it’s especially troubling if the overweight animal is a mare you’re hoping to breed. The Horse reports that Research has confirmed that obesity in broodmares can have a negative effect on mares’ follicles and oocytes, potentially […]

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Completely OK: Higher Levels Of Crude Protein In Complete Senior Feeds

As horses get older, their feed needs change; many times their dentition has deteriorated to the point where they are unable to chew food adequately, putting them at risk for choke and not allowing their digestive system to uptake the nutrients it needs. When comparing feed tags of commercial equine feeds formulated for growing and performance […]

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